A woman was sentenced Tuesday in Napa County Superior Court to seven years in state prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death in 2012 at his Napa house during an argument.
In January, Robyn Kathryn Gevas of Napa pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and admitted the use of a deadly weapon to kill 62-year-old Callie Evans on July 11, 2012, on Euclid Avenue. A no contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea at sentencing. In exchange for her plea, a murder charge was dismissed.
Robert Evans, the victim’s brother, sobbed as he told the court he was still in disbelief at what had happened.
Evans, who brought framed photos of his brother, including one showing him and Callie together, said his brother comforted him when he lost his wife 11 years ago.
Facing Gevas, Evans said she could have called the police if she had a problem with his brother instead of killing him and then calling the police.
“Callie’s side of the story is buried with him,” he told the court.
On Tuesday, defense attorney Jim McEntee argued for leniency for his 38-year-old client, saying Gevas had suffered years of physical, sexual and verbal abuse from various men, and was in an abusive relationship with Evans.
A defense expert, Dr. Linda Barnard, told the court on Tuesday Gevas was a battered woman and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from her years of abuse.
McEntee asked Napa County Superior Court Judge Mark Boessenecker to sentence his client to probation or to a three-year prison term. He argued Gevas suffered from mental disorders and had no serious prior criminal history.
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Rollins countered that Gevas has shown no remorse for her actions.
Gevas and Evans had dated for about a year after meeting at an Alcoholic Anonymous gathering. While Gevas stayed at Evan’s house in the 2000 block of Euclid Avenue, she also rented an apartment in Napa.
On July 11, 2012, at about 10:30 p.m., Gevas called 911 to report she had stabbed Evans. Gevas was arrested and taken to the Napa Police Department, where she told police she was in a rage when she stabbed Evans after he locked her out of the house, according to court records.
Rollins said Gevas could have left the scene when she and Evans began arguing. Instead, Gevas, pushed her way inside Evans’ house, grabbed knives and stabbed Evans to death. One of the wounds reached the spine, according to the pathologist, Dr. Joseph Cohen.
Rollins challenged Barnard, the defense expert, for not corroborating Gevas’ statements with other witnesses, including Gevas’ mother. Gevas does not want to take responsibility for her actions. She was the aggressor, the prosecutor said.
“The victim was Mr. Evans,” said Rollins, who had asked for a 12-year prison sentence.
In a short statement in court, Gevas said she was sorry and deserved punishment. “I’m really sorry for his family,” she told the court.
After the hearing, McEntee said his client will file an appeal. He was disappointed at the sentence, he said. “I disagree with the decision but it certainly was a conscientious decision,” he said.
Outside the courtroom, Robert Evans thanked the prosecutor. “I’m glad it’s over,” he said.
The spelling of the pathologist's name has been corrected since the first posting.